Automattic And Others Fund Nginx To Shift To Google’s SPDY Web Protocol

Nginx, the popular website developer, is finally upgrading to Google‘s SPDY web protocol. The decision has been prompted in part by funding from CloudFlare, MaxCDN and Automattic.


One of the key features of SPDY is that it allows a web-page to load faster on a user’s browser. To accomplish this, SPDY makes use of a number of techniques. The web protocol has been pushed by Google and is already being implemented in a number of major online services and content distributors.

Nginx, too, had been considering the implementation of the protocol for a while now. According to CEO of Nginx, Gus Robertson, “While we can’t comment on or confirm future development work, it’s worth noting that when we surveyed our users at the beginning of 2013, SPDY was the No. 1 requested feature. In early 2013, SPDY became a core component of Nginx. Many of our high-traffic customers use our SPDY capability today.

Nginx is a widely used software for websites, it makes sense that content delivery networks such as CloudFlare and MaxCDN are funding the upgrade of Nginx to the SPDY protocol. Even Automattic is primarily centered upon the delivery of content over WordPress-hosted blogs and sites, which makes it a strategic benefit for the company to support faster delivery of online content.

Although Nginx is not the most popular web server software, it has a significant market share and is growing. This is precisely why major content delivery network are betting on it with their funds. However, the compatibility between HTTP and SPDY has been slow and is only catching on. This can pose compatibility issues as the two are developed further and the likes of Google would like to see HTTP catch up faster.

Courtesy: CNET

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